August 23, 2015
animals were spayed/neutered by Dr. Andres Tello,
our wonderful veterinarian. In addition, he repaired
a large hernia from a male dog and removed a
venereal tumor from a female dog.
this clinic, Dr. Tello sterilized 26 dogs and 20 cats. Of the dogs, 20
were female and 6 were male. Of the cats, 10 were female and 10 were male.
(We had an unusually large amount of cats today.)
Rios, one of our star volunteers has completed her EMT training. She has
just received a scholarship to go to China for three months for Emergency
Pediatric training. We will miss her at our clinics while she's gone but
we are happy for her wonderful opportunity.
Joselyn Espinosa, who has volunteered as registrar, will no longer
be able to attend. She begins training at Hotel Bambito as a chef for the
never know what we will experience at each clinic. Unusual for this one
was the most VERY smelly vomit and poop that we've had before. Bringing
those smelly blankets home to wash was really fun. (Sarcasm.)
Binder has received some bites and scratches previously, but I had my
first "clinic injury" today--a very angry cat mauled my
have a pedometer and I was curious to see how far I walk during a clinic.
It was 4.8 miles today. At least I am able to move around. Dr. Tello has
to stand in one place operating all day.
a very sad note, we had to euthanize my big dog Rusty today.
is Rusty when I first rescued him in 2010. He was about a year
old. He had been hit by a car and he had a huge wound on his
chest plus a broken hip. He couldn't even get up. Dr. Tello
repaired the wound and broken hip and of course neutered him.
Rusty had a very happy life with me ever since.
Rusty soon after Dr. Tello healed the chest wound and his broken
hip. He was a beautiful and happy dog.
few months ago Dr. Tello amputated a rear leg because Rusty had a
cancerous tumor on the bone. But we soon found that the cancer had
already spread. A few months after the amputation, a huge growth
developed on Rusty's hip and Rusty was in a lot of pain. Below
shows the huge growth.
Tello euthanized Rusty on Sunday, August 23, 2015. My good friend
Andrea Gonella had prepared a grave for Rusty on his finca.
We buried Rusty the following Monday, August 24th.
with God, my sweet Rusty.
have a new rescue. People brought the dog to my house on August 2nd after he had been hit by a car. Fortunately, nothing was
broken but he (now called Scottie) had many abrasions and a badly
damaged foot. Dee Braden has supplies for natural healing,
including bentonite clay. Every two days while necessary she came
to help treat and bandage Scottie's wound. Now it no longer needs
to be bandaged. Although the wound still looks red and raw, it is
healing rapidly and is about half the size as shown in the picture
to the right. Now Scottie hardly ever even limps, and Dr. Tello
sterilized him today.
had 10 no-shows today, 5 female dogs and 5 female cats. Jose, my employee,
calls everyone in advance to confirm. It is very discourteous for people
not to call to cancel if they can't come. Even calling on the morning of
the clinic would be acceptable. Fortunately, we were able to serve some
animals that came without appointments.
next clinic will be on September 27. Again, I will schedule up to 50 to allow for last-minute
cancellations and no-shows. Please call for an appointment.
sure to click the link below for the Picasa web album of pictures taken
during this clinic.
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Except for our
veterinarian, neither I nor anyone else
connected with the clinics receives any pay. I rent
the building where we hold the clinics, and I buy all the anesthesia,
medications, instruments, supplies, and equipment--and provide
transportation for those who need it. I have no offices, no
salaries, no paid advertising. Every penny goes for the animals.
is a project from my heart, and I pay the deficits from my own
Thank you in
future financial help, and thanks to everyone who has donated in the
Joselyn Espinosa handled registration.
Cristina, assisted with pre-op injections.
Don Binder weighed animals and gave the anesthesia
injections. He and Elsi Morales gave the pre-op
injections of antibiotics and anti-inflammatory. They also put mineral
oil in the eyes of the animals so they would not dry out, applied flea
and tick treatment, and performed
whatever other duties were needed.
Espinosa, my permanent employee, also drives my car to provide transportation for animals when
necessary. Then Jose and I go to the clinic building the following week to clean,
bring home blankets to wash, and organize for the next one. (Dee Braden
is a surgical nurse, fairly new to this area, and we are very happy to
have her as a new regular volunteer.)
Rosemary Rios, Francia Pinedo, Stephanie Rodriguez and Dee Braden assisted
Dr. Tello, gave post-op injections of B-12 and antiparasite.
They dressed the incisions, tattooed the ears of female dogs, generally checked the well being of the
Alex Rios cleaned and sterilized the surgical instruments.
always, we had a great
team of volunteers and everything ran very smoothly!
We had a lot of
delicious food for the doctor and the volunteers! Thanks to everyone
who contributed: Susan Lovett for the main dish, Roseanne Bateman for dessert,
Don Binder for desert, and Amanda
Rankin for fruit. I took organic oranges from my house to share
with the group.
Income and expenses:
contributions by guardians/owners
donation by Al Jan (Boquete)
cash donation Judy Odom (Boquete)
donation anonymous, Volcan
cash donation by
William Feader/Roseanne Bateman (Volcan)
The $635 contributions by guardians/owners were for spaying and neutering
only. Payments for other procedures were paid to Dr. Tello
separately. Neither those payments nor the charges for other services are
included in the income and expenses.
this August 23, 2015 clinic Dr. Tello sterilized 26 dogs and 20 cats. With my
average costs of $25 per dog and $15 per cat, expenses were $950.00 plus
for building rent for a total of $1,.050. Income this month was $855 leaving
a deficit of $195. My current out-of-pocket
expenses are $1,387.75. (I paid for 9 dogs and 2 cats at this clinic.
your donations my deficit would have been much larger. Thank you very
heartfelt thanks for the generous donations of those who have contributed
for this clinic, who have contributed in the past, and who will contribute in the future! We need and appreciate your help! Love and thanks to everyone!
little puppy loves her
daddy! And he loves her.
other pictures taken
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image to enlarge it, then you
rest of the
Here in Volcan, our small group has been
responsible for sterilizing 3,185 dogs and cats to date. (And this number does
not include the extraordinary surgeries that Dr. Tello has performed at
our clinics...removal of tumors, amputations, etc., nor the clinic we
performed in Davila in which 35 dogs were sterilized.)
many more to go, but we are making progress! Our goal is to
sterilize at least 75% of the dogs and cats in the Volcan area, and
thus almost completely solve the problem of homeless dogs and cats, and
the terrible venereal disease suffered by so many dogs--but thankfully, we see a
lot fewer venereal tumors than we did in the past!.
Unless your dog/cat is totally
confined and unable to continue the population increase (AND the spread of
venereal disease), please do the humane thing of having them sterilized!
the health and safety of your dog/cat, however, have the sterilization
performed by a competent vet who is experienced in early sterilization
(eight weeks of age and up) and small-incision surgeries, and one
who closes with stainless steel sutures....like Dr. Tello, who we are so
fortunate to have operate at our clinics. (I do not trust care of my dogs
or injured dogs that I find in the street to ANYONE except Dr. Tello.)
Thanks to everyone who participated in
our clinics today, and to those who had their pets sterilized.
remember that TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
Dorothy Atwater - 6517-8752 or
virtual US phone number: 817-349-6345
skype name: muffiemae
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